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Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers
More on this story from yesterday.
[Al-Rooters] Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said.
"Verrry Islamic"
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said bombs had been placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district.

"People using an excavator are still working to bring out the bodies and injured from under the roof," said Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, adding that the death toll was likely to rise.

Malik Mohammadi Gul Shinwari, a tribal elder from the area, said that the mosque had been destroyed. "It was a heartbreaking scene I witnessed," Shinwari said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility but the government accused Taliban insurgents, who are fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster by U.S.-led forces.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 11:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  For those wondering why talibaners tend to hit these sad places, this is why.

From 2012, the Jammat e islami sent hundreds of 'scholars' into Afghanistan, for the purpose of gaining the trust of mullahs there. They would be backed by funding from islamabad and arrange trustee posts and teacher positions in masjids and madarsas. There they would stay diluting, steering and controlling the native doctrines toward what is proper wahabism as practiced in the 'Stain.

Some of the native doctrine and pashtun realist ideology is not conducive to what the ISI has in mind for these people as a future federal preserve of the 'Stain. The base of doctrinal theological debate was the scholarly community, libraries piles of utter hogwash O tell you and meeting houses based in the Nangarhar province. Mosques of two kinds existed for a while, maybe some still do. There was an unwritten stalemate as to whose islam is to be given preeminence in society, until in 2014, after the elections the taliban upped their game. They began strong arming the local mosques to apooint their candidates and to preach what the Paki mullahs say. When they wouldn't they were hit. Since then, hundreds of unreported disappearances, murders and several blasts have been carried out by the taliban, but the contractors have been the ISI.

We call this the Nangarhar Peer Review. Certain neighboring agencies sympathetic to Afghan self-determination wisely take advantage of the seemingly random hits and off the Paki appointed mullahs whenever a window presents itself.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 13:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Long story short if you don't cave in to the Islamist the Islamist will blow your stuff up. With you in it.

That's Islam as practiced in most of the world.
Posted by: jpal || 10/19/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but almost every terrorist is a Muslim.

And the sad thing is that the majority of victims of terrorism are other Muslims.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/19/2019 18:22 Comments || Top||

#4  A terrorist doesn't do the damage an islamist does, Rambler. And every good muslim has to be an islamist.

A good, koran-believing muslim has to be an islamist of some sort. A rationalist, tolerant and/or secular muslim is a backsliding apostate. Do not err, the islamic creed is not all about violent jihad. It is about plotting to upend all of kafir civilization and build on it an enlightened era of pure islam according to mochmed.

The only thing sad about muslims dying is that they can and will not save themselves by denouncing islam altogether. Nothing stops them from admitting that centuries of islam have wrought nothing but misery.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 18:53 Comments || Top||

#5  although the Govt has accused the Taliban, this atrocity was not really their usual MO which involves suicide bombers followed by submachine gun attacks (or sometimes in the reverse order)

it is closer to the Al Qaeda MO which sometimes includes some considerable prep work hoping to increase the fatality count
Posted by: lord garth || 10/19/2019 20:55 Comments || Top||

11 innocents kaboomed in western Herat
[IsraelTimes] In western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province, six civilians including four children were killed Thursday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside kaboom, said Jelani Farhad, front man for the provincial governor. He added that five other civilians were maimed in the attack in the Zawal district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't be a twat, Herb
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 5:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Yea, but that did he twat?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 5:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Bet somebody's really proud of themselves for that. Do they shout extra Allahu akbars when there's kids in the vehicle?
Posted by: jpal || 10/19/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

#4  OK is it me or did not just a couple of days ago someone handwave away US-caused civilian casualties in Afghanistan because they were goat herders?

So how's it different when the Taliban murder innocents?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/19/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#5  You don't give a shit about "civilians". You just try to virtue signal. See @ #1
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#6  So how's it different when the Taliban murder innocents?

The taliban are... uhh, looking to murder innocents ? While the troops may have the occasional targeting accident or unintentionally cause collateral. For a man of your intellectual stature that should be a 'no-brainer'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 13:12 Comments || Top||

Special Forces kill, detain 7 Taliban militants; destroy caches of weapons in 4 provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 2 Talibs, arrested 5 others and destroyed caches of weapons during the operations in four provinces in the past 24 hours.

The military officials said Friday the Special Forces conducted the operations in Uruzgan, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Farah and Ghazni provinces.

The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 2 Talibs and destroyed a cache of weapons in Tarin Kot district of Urzugan.

The Special Forces arrested 4 Talibs and destroyed a cache of weapons in Nahr-e Saraj district Helmand, the officials added.

In another in Bala Boluk district of Farah, the Special Forces arrested a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter and destroyed a cache of weapons.

The officials also added that the Special Forces destroyed another cache of weapons during a raid in Qarah Bagh district of Ghazni.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
LNA Spox: Misrata air defense storage facilities targeted with air strikes
[EN.ALWASAT.LY] The front man for the General Command of Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, said that the air force targeted facilities to store air defense equipment in Misrata.

He explained on Friday that the air force for the General Command carried out air strikes on a camp and facilities in the city of Misrata, " that were used by militias and armed terrorist groups, to store Ottoman Turkish air defense equipment and weapons."

He pointed out that the raids resulted in "huge explosions, resulting in the destruction of rockets and ammunition that were stored in these facilities."

Alwasat was not able to verify this information from independent sources.

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Caribbean-Latin America
US: Honduran president's brother found guilty of drug trafficking
[Al Jazeera] Honduran politician Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez was found guilty of United States drug trafficking charges on Friday after a two-week trial that featured dramatic accusations of corruption against his brother, the Central American nation's president.

The verdict against Hernandez, 41, on all counts, was handed up by a jury in federal court in Manhattan. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 17 and faces up to life in prison.

"They reached a verdict that was inconsistent with the truth," one of Hernandez's lawyers, Omar Malone, told journalists outside the court. "We plan to appeal on behalf of Mr Hernandez."

Members of Hernandez's family who attended the trial were swarmed by protesters as they left the court. Some protesters chanted "Fuera JOH", meaning "Out with JOH", referring to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Tony Hernandez was arrested in Miami in 2018 and charged with drug trafficking and possessing illegal weapons. US prosecutors accused him of helping smuggle almost 200,000kg (200 tonnes) of cocaine into the United States while enjoying the protection of his brother. President Hernandez has repeatedly denied the allegation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after badly planned operation
[Dhaka Tribune] Mexico's president faced a firestorm of criticism Friday as his security forces acknowledged they arrested kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son, then released him when his cartel responded with an all-out shootout.
What a Clusterf*ck. Illusory sovereignty, indeed
Admitting his troops carried out a "badly planned" operation, Defense Minister Luis Sandoval said they briefly arrested Ovidio Guzman ‐ one of several sons running the Sinaloa narco mob since their father was extradited to the US in 2017 ‐ but released him after being overpowered.

"It was a badly planned strategy," Sandoval told a news conference in Culiacan, the western city of 750,000 people that was turned into an urban war zone Thursday.

"The task force acted too hastily. [The operation] wasn't improvised, there was planning, but... it takes time to obtain an arrest warrant. When the operation was already under way, they decided to improvise and try to obtain a positive result," he said, after flying into the city ‐ the state capital of Sinaloa, the Guzmans' bastion ‐ for an emergency security cabinet meeting.

He added the authorities never "formally detained" Guzman, 28, one of at least nine children "El Chapo" fathered with three wives.

The six hours of festivities left one civilian and seven soldiers dead, and three police maimed, officials said.

Related from Stratfor: An Eruption of Violence Forces Mexican Security Forces to Release El Chapo's Son
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Should have had the Mexican Marines on call. They seem to be the only reliable gov't force.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/19/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Money talks Chapo's son walks. Mexican politicians are no different than ours.
Posted by: jpal || 10/19/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Another statement made in the long argument over why arrests and due process are so fucking necessary for elements long established to be well 'beyond the social contract'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Should have had the Mexican Marines on call.

Rantburg's own badanov used to report regularly on the doings of the Mexican Marines. They did seem to be the one gov't organization that had it together.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/19/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Gun Free Zone has numerous videos.

Looks like Team Gov got walloped. Team Chapo had a collection of technicals - good ones, not the crap we see rolling about Africa.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/19/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Wonder how many of Eric Holder's "Fast and Furious" weapons were used?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||

#7  When the cops can't do it anymore it's no longer a law enforcement problem. It's a civil war.

Y'all want a civil war? Mexico's got one. All those generals and chickenshit politicians who scream at Trump for pulling out of Syria have no further to look than Mexico for the next military engagement. The only question is: Are our politicians too corrupted by cartel money to declare war on the cartel? They won't even secure the border when they know full well that if they did it would cut off the cartel's income and thereby help Mexico's government get the upper hand in this war. But then, that would cut off a significant income stream for our politicians.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/19/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Is there a way an SDB could be made to look like a planted explosive?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/19/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#9  How is badanov anyway? Anyone hear from him?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/19/2019 13:34 Comments || Top||

#10  How is badanov anyway? Anyone hear from him?

badanov is fine, Whiskey Mike. I see him on Facebook from time to time. As I recall, he got a new job that requires more of his time. His Mexico Drug War dispatches are for sale in Rantburg’s right margin below Fred’s books, titled The Wounded Eagle by Chris Covert.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 14:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Thank you, TW
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/19/2019 16:25 Comments || Top||

#12  I'm in constant FB contact. I think he is reeeeally happy with OK St beating Baylor 13-10 at the half right now
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 17:39 Comments || Top||

#13  Frank ~ Pls give Badanov my regards. I miss his informative posts.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 18:36 Comments || Top||

#14  will do
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#15  The Mexican Army was second only to the Mexican marines in terms of lethality and reliability.

You have to take a gander at their commander in chief to get a sense of what went wrong.

Thanks for the bon mots
Posted by: badanov || 10/19/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

Austria court sentences ‘Islamic Nazis’ to prison for ISIS recruitment
[Jpost] The prosecutor called for tough sentences, declaring "Islamists are Islamic Nazis," according to a report in the mass-circulation paper Kronen Zeitung.

A court in the Austrian city of Graz on Thursday convicted four Ottoman Turkish-born Islamists of recruitment activities for the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, or ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
The prosecutor called for tough sentences, declaring "Islamists are Islamic Nazis," according to a report in the mass-circulation paper Kronen Zeitung. He added that "We have to stop with false tolerance," because basic state rights "are attacked" in these [Islamic] associations.

The prosecutor blasted radical Islamic associations in which "Islamism supplants the rule of law if we are not careful."

After ten days of judicial hearings, the court in Graz, the capital of the Styria state, sentenced a holy man to seven years in prison.

The 47-year-old Islamic preacher was charged with recruiting a number of young men to join the Islamic State.

According to Kronen, the defense attorney for the imam said "there is no evidence" that the preacher recruited and radicalized men to fight for the Islamic State. The attorney said the preacher warned others against fighting for the terrorist entity.

The court sentenced three additional Islamists to penalties ranging from five months to six years for their roles in the terrorist recruitment process. Two men were acquitted. The convicted men can appeal the verdicts. One of the Islamists purchased a rifle scope for a Kalashnikov and sent it to his brother - a sniper for the Islamic State.

The defense attorney said that it was "a mistake" because his client did not know what his brother had needed it for.
"Could've been hunting elk"
"He will not have used it as a paperweight," said the prosecutor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  'Islamic Nazis'

A classic redundancy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, yeah there were Muslim Nazis. There were some old Austro-Hungarian Germans left over to compete as well in the ground game of Yugoslavia.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

France Arrests Person in Sept. 11-Style Attack Threat
[AAWSAT] One person is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on La Belle France-2 television Thursday night that the person was arrested Sept. 26 while "in the process of planning" such an attack.

He provided no further details, but said it was the 60th time that French authorities have thwarted a potential attack since 2013.

The French counterterrorism prosecutor's office did not provide further details.

The French security apparatus is under fire after a police administrator killed four colleagues inside Gay Paree police headquarters earlier this month in what prosecutors consider a potential terrorist attack.
Ynet adds:
A young man flagged for Islamic radicalism is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack, authorities said Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

5 killed in Indian Kashmir as violence spikes
Yesterday’s question answered. For the nonce, anyway.
[Dhaka Tribune] Two non-Kashmiris were rubbed out by suspected Lions of Islam and three alleged rebels were killed by security forces, police said Wednesday, the deadliest day in the Indian-administered Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
valley since New Delhi revoked its autonomy.

The Moslem-majority Himalayan region had been under a strict lockdown since August 5 amid fears of unrest after the Indian government controversially abolished its semi-autonomous status.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Israeli guards kill Palestinian assailant in West Bank, 48 Gazans injured in weekly Friday riots
Whaddaya gonna do? It’s Friday, and the boys need to let off a little steam.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israeli security guards at a West Bank crossing into Israel rubbed out a Paleostinian assailant who ran at them with a knife on Friday, the Israeli defense ministry said.

Civilian guards employed by the MOD Crossing Points Authority called on the man to stop but when he kept coming he was shot and killed, the ministry said in a statement.

The incident took place just outside the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem.

The Paleostinian health ministry confirmed that a man was killed by Israeli fire but did not immediately identify him.

In festivities on Friday along the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
-Israel border, Israeli troops injured 48 Paleostinians, 15 of whom were hit by live fire, the health ministry said earlier, without giving their condition.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP that around 4,500 Paleostinians staged disturbances along the border fence, some throwing petrol bombs and bombs.

"A number of suspects breached the fence in the north of the strip but they immediately went back into the strip," she said in Hebrew.

"Response was with riot control means in accordance with the rules of engagement," she added.

Paleostinians have been gathering for weekly demonstrations at various points along the border of the blockaded territory since March 2018.

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Southeast Asia
Singapore hands down first conviction for terror financing
[DAWN] A Singaporean man became the first of the country's citizens to be tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for financing terrorism after he was convicted of sending money to a radical Moslem preacher.

There have been a steady stream of arrests in Singapore related to support for extremism, and the affluent city-state's leaders have warned it is a prime target for an attack.

Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman was tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for two and a half years for donating Sg$1,146 ($840) to Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal,
... Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal, whose mother named him Trevor William Forrest, is also in our archives as Abdullah el-Faisal. After converting to Islam and training in Saudi Arabia, our miscreant preached murder and mayhem across England to a laundry list of bad guys for eleven years, until the Brits jailed him for it in 2003. They deported him to Jamaica four years later. After he spent 2009 touring Africa, Kenya deported him back to Jamaica. In between and since, he apparently has been active online guiding eager young minds toward the jihadi life...
a Moslem preacher living in Jamaica, according to court documents seen by AFP Friday.

Hussein reached out to Faisal after watching videos on his website and YouTube channels in which he preached support for the turban Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group.
In the old days it was Al Qaeda, with much the same effect.
Faisal was tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for nine years in Britannia in 2003 after calling for the murders of non-Moslems and was deported to his native Jamaica after serving four years of his sentence.

Hussein, who was handed a prison term on Thursday, was arrested in July 2018 under Singapore's Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial for up to two years.

He had been radicalised and "wanted to undertake armed violence in Syria in support of the IS group in Iraq and Syria," court documents said.

The prosecution recommended jail time to send "a strong message to other like-minded individuals that supporting terrorist propaganda through financial means will attract uncompromising punishment", they said.

In September, authorities detained three Indonesian maids without trial over allegations they donated funds to support the IS group. And in July, two Singaporeans accused of intending to join the Death Eaters were arrested.

The IS group lost the last scrap of its self-declared "caliphate" this year but remains influential. There are fears that imported muscle returning from the Middle East could rejuvenate terror networks elsewhere, including in Southeast Asia.

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Northern Syria ceasefire: Details disputed and bullets continue to fly
[Rudaw] It took mere hours for cracks to appear in the US-brokered agreement for a five-day cessation of hostilities between Ottoman Turkish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria. Officials from all sides have issued contradictory statements revealing different interpretations of the deal and eight civilians have reportedly been killed less than 24 hours into the truce.

US Vice President Mike Pence announced the ceasefire in a presser in Ankara late on Thursday after hours of talks with Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
Under the 13-point agreement, which does not use the word ceasefire, states, "The Ottoman Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow the withdrawal of YPG from the safe zone within 120 hours. Operation Peace Spring will be halted upon completion of this withdrawal."
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Death toll rises as Syrian ceasefire fails
[Rudaw] Despite a ceasefire agreement between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and the US agreed last night, seven non-combatants were killed and more than 21 injured due to Ottoman Turkish shelling in the border town of Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain).

On Thursday night, after five hours of negotiations, Turkey and the US, with Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reached a ceasefire agreement to halt Operation Peace Spring, now in its ninth day, into Kurdish-controlled territories in Northern Syria. The Operation aims to rid the northeastern region of the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) and resettle up to 3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Christianity near extinction in Qamishli after Turkish bombardment
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s offensive in northeast Syria has further undermined Qamishli’s already fragile Christian population.

Already dwindling following the war with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
), Qamishli’s Christian community was again forced to flee as Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian militias threatened to overrun the city.

The war with ISIS pushed all but 50,000 Christians out of Qamishli, according to SDF estimates. The recent Ottoman Turkish shelling drove another third of them out of the town where they have lived for centuries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Let's just turn a blind eye to this. Argue the veracity of an SDF allegation itself.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#2  They were near extinction BEFORE the bombardment.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/19/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Foretold in Revelations End Times.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 10/19/2019 18:45 Comments || Top||

Heavy fighting between Turkish/SNA and YPG/SDF forces in northern Syria, especially around Ain Issa and Ras al-Ayn
The Jerusalem Post adds:
On the border shelling could be heard near the Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday morning despite Thursday's deal, and a spokesman for the Kurdish-led forces said Turkey was violating the ceasefire, hitting civilian targets in the town.

But Reuters journalists at the border said the bombardment subsided around mid-morning and a US official said most of the fighting had stopped, although it would "take time for things to completely quiet down."
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  C'mon guys, read the Hadith. In hudna, you have to at least pretend to have a truce.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/19/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  You build up enough bloodthirst over the centuries for killing the infidel it's hard to stop on a dime you know.
Posted by: jpal || 10/19/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

'Sporadic' Clashes in Turkish-Held Syrian Town Despite Ceasefire
[AAWSAT] Sporadic festivities between Ottoman Turkish forces and Kurdish groups were ongoing in a battleground Syrian border town on Friday, a monitor said, despite Ankara's announcement of a five-day truce.

"There are sporadic artillery strikes and you can hear shooting in the town of Ras al-Ain," said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said both the Ottoman Turkish military and its Syrian allies were involved in the fighting with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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